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Save as PDF in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how you can create PDFs from your presentations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

Saving a PowerPoint presentation as a PDF has its pros and cons. The biggest advantage is that recipients won’t be able to edit, and you can embed fonts easily. An even better advantage is that you may use PDFs as a substitute for printing drafts or finished slides, thus saving so much paper. Disadvantages include that you cannot be entirely multimedia-friendly. Whatever your thoughts may be, PowerPoint makes it very easy to create PDFs.

Follow these steps to create a PDF in PowerPoint 2016:

  1. Open your presentation that you want to save as a PDF. Make sure you save your presentation (Ctrl+S) one last time.
  2. Now choose File | Export | Create PDF/XPS Document | Create PDF/XPS, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

    Save as PDF
    Figure 1: Save as PDF
  3. This brings up the Publish as PDF or XPS dialog box that you can see in Figure 2, below. Choose the location to save the PDF, provide an output filename, and choose PDF (*.pdf) in the Save As Type drop-down list, highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.

    Publish as PDF or XPS
    Figure 2: Publish as PDF or XPS

    What is XPS?

    The XPS file type saves presentations to an XML Paper Specification format. Developed by Microsoft in June 2009, this format is also known as Open XML Paper Specification.
  4. There are some more settings available, highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above.

    Open file after publishing: Opens the PDF created within the default PDF application on your computer.

    Optimize for: There are two Optimize options available:
    Standard (Publishing Online and Printing) option creates PDF files suitable for high-resolution printing.
    Minimum Size (Publishing Online) option creates PDF files intended for viewing on-screen.

    Click the Options button, highlighted in green within Figure 2, to bring up the Options dialog box you can see in Figure 3.

    Options Dialog box
    Figure 3: Options Dialog box
  5. This is where you specify print settings, such as handouts with three slides per page, and customize other options as required. Click OK to apply these changes, and get back to Publish as PDF or XPS dialog box.
  6. Now click the Publish button, highlighted in orange within Figure 2. PowerPoint will now publish your presentation as a PDF.

See Also:

Save as PDF in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Save as PDF in PowerPoint 2011 for Windows
Save as PDF in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Using the Office 2007 Save as PDF Add-in

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